Religion vs Narcissism

CO3 [* my edit] first appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast met awkward silence on Thursday as he began his comments by touting ratings when he was on “The Apprentice.” Unpracticed in the public performance of piety, the candidate who was praised for “telling it like it is” made even his white evangelical base momentarily uneasy as he demonstrated the impotence of their religion to overcome his narcissism. Excused as a “baby Christian” during his campaign, the teen-like Trump continues to expose the hypocrisy of white evangelicalism.

As a preacher ordained to proclaim the message of Jesus, I know that the faith which embraces Trumpism is not my faith, nor is it the faith of many of my Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu colleagues. I do not doubt that it takes genuine belief to say, as Franklin Graham did, that Trump won the election last November because of a “God factor” for which the media and pollster could not account. But whatever you call that faith, it’s not mine

Source: Bible Says, “Don’t Waste Your Time Praying” – Red Letter Christians

*  CO3 – Current Oval Office Occupant

As usual my friends over at Red Letter Christians don’t hold back much when it comes to Christians not living by the words of Jesus Christ. The author didn’t call Evangelicals fake Christians but he did glaringly show that they totally misjudged CO3 as a baby-Christian. After doing some rather extensive short term studying of narcissism I am not surprised at all by his actions in this first meeting with the Evangelicals after his election. His world is about him and their is simply little left over for ANYTHING else, especially Christian piety.

Tomorrow I start my series on Narcissism and if you want a little more info about this condition from a layman who is not formally educated on the topic but has lived a good part of his life with a narcissist, stick around for this multi-post series. Is it possible for a NPD narcissist to really be a Christian? I don’t know, I guess I will leave that to some notable theologians to decide.

I saw a little of this event on TV and the discomfort of those attending was quite obvious.  It seems that every time CO3 makes public comments several of those around him are inappropriately smiling. I wonder what is going on in their minds?  If it were me I’m pretty sure it would be “Boy, this guy is a jerk!!”.  But maybe that is just me.. 🙂

But, I do pray that something, anything, good comes from this administration…

About Common Sense…

crayon-banner  Like the Force in the Star Wars Saga common sense has a good side and a dark side and sometimes it is difficult to know which is which in any given circumstance.  Yes, there is common sense that our creator evidently gave us to be able to tell right from wrong.  This type of common sense is what the early philosophers and even Tom Paine talked about. It is something that tells us what actions to take in certain circumstances. But there is also the dark side of common sense that is in all of us. Like so many other words “common sense” seems to have almost morphed into something else today.

Simply stated, without some serious reflection I just don’t trust my common sense or anyone else’s for that matter.  Too much of what people call common sense today is really just the prejudices taught to them. In that regard I try to keep an open mind on most topics of life and just not trust my common sense.

An example of the dark side is that there are too many people around who don’t trust the “experts” but instead say they use their common sense. It happens often in areas like global warming and many other scientific matters. They say “my common sense tells me that all the global warming nonsense is just not true”. I will admit that from my  life in these seventy years I have been exposed to many different things and have retained some knowledge along the way.  But I am by no means an expert in any of them. As they say I know enough to be dangerous.

When I want to know more about an area of life I most often go to the experts.  I will admit that often times in today’s world people claim to be experts but are really  only using their common sense so to speak.  So, it takes work to just discover who you should be going to for additional knowledge. But I trust someone who has studied a given circumstance for years rather than someone who claims common sense about the issue.

Yes,  I seek out doctors and legal help with great diligence. But I also depend on experts in other areas.  I spent 5 years in a rigorous study of a segment of the spiritual community. I sought out a the views of a variety of people who knew more about it than I do.  In the end I found that the answers to my questions were with a combination of thoughts that I didn’t have going into the study.

To finish up here, I just don’t trust people who don’t trust the experts, that is the real ones,not self proclaimed, experts.  When we discount real knowledge in favor of common sense we are often just closing our minds to alternate ways of looking at something. As least that is my opinion.

Simplicity…

Snippet Banner  I came across this post from about three years ago that seems to apply to my recent posts on tiny houses and simplicity.  Take a look… I think it applies more today than it did even three years ago… Click on the image below to go there.

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Too Much Stuff….

crayon-banner  This is going to be one of my Crayon Marks/ Wise Guy posts where I show you the wisdom I have acquired in my seven decades on this earth. It is about STUFF, STUFF, and MORE STUFF.   I think you get the idea. 🙂

Being born in 1946 I was at the very head of the Baby Boom generation. I grew up in the suburbs on Indianapolis until we moved to the country during my high school years. They make, or at least made, movies about those times that have an ounce of truth but maybe not much more. All these shows treated this era as the age of happiness and a simpler time, a time of innocence that we dream to return to. But that is kind of like “making America great again” in that it is not necessary, it has always been great.

Until my mother abandoned us for greener pastures, ours was a two-income family. Dad had numerous low skill jobs during that time and Mom worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office for a few years. Given a combination of her narscissism and a douse of senility she later claimed to be a doctor because of that experience.  But as usual I am getting off topic here.

The point of this post is that even though we were a two income family we just didn’t have nearly the amount of stuff that most people have today. When Mom left, our lifestyle went down but it didn’t change a lot as far as stuff was concerned.  Yeah, while we could still afford it we had a 1,000 square foot 3 bedroom house in the burbs but little else.  Each closet was about three feet wide and with all our clothes there was still plenty of room for more.   We didn’t have the electronic gadgets of today, no cellphones, iPads, or even calculators or transistor radios; those would all come later. I don’t remember having even a bicycle.

Fast forward to today and it seems most teenagers have enough clothes to fill all the closets in our early home. Everyone has to have their own $300 or more cellphone and update it yearly. I hate to guess what the typical allowance is now days but I am willing to bet it is MANY times more than the $0.35 that I got weekly. When kids today become 16 you must have your own car. I didn’t own a car until I graduated college. It is no longer good enough to just have a comfortable place to live. Now you MUST have an outdoor fire pit and waterfall.

If we don’t start out wanting more stuff then it is eventually drilled into us via all the cable TV shows.  Everyone has cable now right?  If folks really want to get back to the innocence of the 1950s maybe they need to shed almost all of their stuff and try living like we did in those years. Stuff can be as much a burden as a joy, especially if you have it mainly because everyone else does.

Fake News & Fake Stats..

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I just wanted to pen off some thoughts about the topic of fake news.  The foundation of this new executive administration seems to be alternative facts and of course that has its foundation in fake news.  You can say something that is widely known to be a lie and pose it as truth and have people believe it. I fear for our society if so many of us believe such blatant lies. There is a reason that the George Orwell book 1984 is now one of the most ordered books coming from Amazon is because there are so many parallels to current events.

A wider definition of fake news is basically someone writing a story that is total fiction and passing it off as fact. In my “Crayon marks” section of this blog I try to make it very clear that things appearing here that are like crayon marks scribbled across my brain and they are by no means facts. But it seems that anything coming off CO3 is now considered alternate facts. If we lose the ability to discern what is fact and what is fiction we are in deep trouble as a society.  Another thing for those of us who who actually think, to be fearful of.

FAKE NEWS … Ugh

 

The other annoyance for me in this area is Fake Stats on some blogs.  I know this does not begin to have the weight of CO3 (current oval office occupant) empty words have but it does bug me.

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It seems there are several popular apps out there that you can put on your blogsite that show you have MANY more visits than you actually do. Some apps are so smart in that they increase from day to day. Some just say that this is the number of views from last month.

I am vane enough to pretty much check my stats for RJsCorner on a daily basis to see how a post is going. I have a respectable number of followers, at least for an old guy without thousands of Facebook friends, but nothing close to those proclaimed by some other blogs.  There is one in particular blog that I used to read that proclaims “35,000+ views last month”. It is a blog mainly about what she did the previous day. On occasion she mentions something kind of funny and that is why used I visit it. But 35,0000, come on, give me a break!!

I don’t show any stats on RJsCorner because it has little to do about what I post. I post things I am passionate about and not just things I think people want or maybe need to hear.  Putting on a false face turns me off…

Fake Stats…Ugh…